Nuckols makes career-high eight saves in women's soccer's 2-0 loss at undefeated Tufts

Sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Nuckols made a career-high eight saves at undefeated Tufts on Saturday, September 15, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Nuckols made a career-high eight saves but the undefeated Tufts University Jumbos scored a goal early in each half to beat the Bates women's soccer team 2-0 Saturday at Kraft Field.

"While the result wasn't what we wanted today, we were pleased with the majority of soccer we played," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said, "Possession was vastly improved from our last time out and the team responded well to in-game adjustments. We're eager to come out strong and find the back of the net tomorrow."
 
After Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) made her first save of the match in just the second minute of action, the Jumbos (5-0, 3-0 NESCAC) got on the board in the third minute when Alessandra Sadler found Liz Reed on a cross and Reed headed the ball home for her second goal of the season.
 
Bates (1-3, 0-3 NESCAC) got outshot by a count of 19-10 on the afternoon and 8-2 in the first half. 
 
In the 52nd minute, the Jumbos added an insurance tally when Alex Aronson delivered a touch pass to Jenna Troccoli who went top shelf for her second goal of the year. 
 
Tufts keeper Emily Bowers made seven saves on the afternoon. Junior Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) and first-year Amelia Waite (Falmouth, Maine) recorded two shots on goal each for the Bobcats. Nuckols made five saves in the first half and three in the second half.
 
The Bobcats look to bounce back Sunday when they host Babson at 2:00 p.m. on Russell Street Field.